Grenadines

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  • For those looking for old school Caribbean, The Grenadines are the place to charter. This island chain, part of the Windward Islands, starts with the large island of St. Vincent and ends with Grenada. The majority of these smaller islands belong to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • A bit more spread out than the Virgin Islands, sailing distances are usually shorter and easier than between the big islands of the Caribbean. With distances from 15 to 30 miles you can sail for just a few hours each day.
  • Natural beauty and a small, friendly local population make this a great spot to “lime”. That’s not the fruit but a local tradition of doing nothing more than hanging out to enjoy the sun, breeze and friends.

Start your charter at the top of the chain now that St. Vincent has opened a new international airport. Sail for Bequia, where New England whalers once based. You can see their influence in the blue eyed Bequians that have a strong tradition of building wooden sailing boats by hand. Stop by to see how these sea worthy craft are put together with the builder’s plans all in his head.

Try Mustique which was developed with villas by an English beer magnate for friends and relatives. Basil’s bar on the water front is the popular watering hole for island residents and visiting yachtsmen.On to the Tobago Keys where diving, snorkeling are divine. Get lost for hours viewing tropical fish in this now protected reserve.

There are many options to choose from Canaoun, Carriacou, Palm Island, Union Island, Petit St. Vincent, each with their own charms. Fly out of the small airport on Union Island or continue on to the big Spice Island of Grenada — don’t leave without the local nutmeg and chocolate so you can recreate your favorite tropical drinks at home.